Do any of your friends or relatives have a video camera? So they probably have some additional lenses you can “borrow” to use with you cameras!
Once upon a time I found my dad’s old Sony video camera bag, and among all the wires, cables and cassettes, a lens sprung out: it has WIDE CONVERSION LENS 0.6X written on it.
I was holding in my hand a Fuji Snap Fashion, and it was a short step before I started shooting pictures of everything in sight and annoying my friends while holding the wide lens converter in front of the camera’s own lens.
The results were so funny: the effect is quite similar to that of a fisheye or a wide lens, with a strong yet not exaggerated distortion. Also, the tiny disposable camera flash does not illuminate the whole field, creating a big vignetting.
Needless to say that what I’ve done with a disposable camera can be done with any other camera, from Diana Mini to Lubitel, so go turn your wardrobe and attic upside-down looking for old video cameras. You’ll probably find one of those little treasures yourself!
The “Diana Mini”: http://shop.lomography.com/diana-mini is the ultra-compact, petite version of the Diana F+. This camera takes soft-focused, lo-fi images in 35mm and allows you to change between half-format and square shots with a flick of a switch. Get your own Diana Mini now!
The Lubitel 166+ is a loving recreation of the Soviet-era classic. Based on a design that dates back over 60 years, this camera is updated with new features like the ability to shoot both 120 and 35mm film. Shoot mind-blowing images with the Lubitel 166+, available in our Online Shop.